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dave - DAV Explorer

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dave - DAV Explorer


    dave [OPTIONS] URL
   $ dave -u pcollins -p mypass
   dave> get file.txt
Use "dave -h" to get help on options.
Use "perldoc dave" for the whole manpage.


dave is a powerful command-line program for interacting with WebDAV-enabled webservers. With dave you can:
get and put files
make directories on a remote webserver
remove files and directories from a remote webserver
edit a file on the webserver with a single command
recursively get a remote directory
recursively put a local directory
lock and unlock remote files and directories
securely transfer over https
authenticate using the safer Digest authentication
Dave is a part of the PerlDAV project ( and is built on top of the HTTP::DAV perl API.
If you would like to script webdav interactions in Perl checkout the HTTP::DAV API as it's commands are the basis for dave's.


"-debug N"
Sets the debug level to N. 0=none. 3=noisy.
Prints basic help and options.
Prints the full manual (equivalent to perldoc dave).
You will need to use a pager like "more" or "less". e.g.
    dave -man |less
"-p <password>"
Sets the password to be used for the URL. You must also supply a user. See "-u".
"-u <username>"
Sets the username to be used for the URL. You must also supply a pass. See "-p".
"-tmpdir /some/path"
Create temporary files in "/some/path" instead of the default "/tmp".


cd URL
changes directories
   dave> open
   dave> cd dir1
   dave> cd ../dir2
cat URL
shows the contents of a remote file
   dave> open
   dave> cat index.html
Note: you cannot cat a directory (collection).
copies one remote resource to another
  dave> open
Create a copy of dir1/ as dav2/
  dave> cp dir1 dav2
Create a copy of dir1/file.txt as dav2/file.txt
  dave> cd dir1
  dave> copy file.txt ../dav2
Create a copy of file.txt as ../dav2/new_file.txt
  dave> copy file.txt dav2/new_file.txt
Aliases: cp
rmdir URL
rm URL
delete URL
deletes a remote resource
   dave> open
   dave> delete index.html
   dave> rmdir ./dir1
   dave> delete /dav_dir/dir2/
   dave> delete /dav_dir/*.html
This command recursively deletes directories. BE CAREFUL :)
This command supported wildcards (globbing). See get.
Aliases: rm, rmdir
edit URL
edits the contents of a remote file
   dave> open
   dave> edit index.html
Edit is equivalent to the following sequence of commands:
   LOCK index.html (if allowed)
   GET index.html /tmp/dave.perldav.421341234124
   sh $EDITOR /tmp/dave.perldav.421341234124
   PUT index.html (if modified)
   UNLOCK index.html (if locked)
Where $EDITOR is determined from the environment variables DAV_EDITOR or EDITOR.
If DAV_EDITOR is set, it will use that, otherwise it will use EDITOR. If neither variables are set, then "vi" will be used.
The lock only lasts for 10 hours.
You cannot edit a directory (collection).
The temporary save directory is editable by editing dave and changing TMP_DIR
get URL [FILE]
downloads the file or directory at URL
If FILE is not specified it will be saved to your current working directory using the same name as the remote name.
  dave> open
Recursively get remote my_dir/ to .
  dave> get my_dir/
Recursively get remote my_dir/ to /tmp/my_dir/
  dave> get my_dir /tmp
Get remote my_dir/index.html to /tmp/index.html
  dave> get /dav_dir/my_dir/index.html /tmp
Get remote index.html to /tmp/index1.html
  dave> get index.html /tmp/index1.html
Use globs and save to /tmp
  dave> get index* /tmp                   # Gets index*.html, index*.txt, etc.
  dave> get index*.html /tmp/index1.html  # Gets index*.html
  dave> get index[12].htm?                # Gets file1 and file2, .htm and .html
? [CMD]
h [CMD]
help [CMD]
prints list of commands or help for CMD
  dave> ?
  dave> help get
Aliases: ?, h
lcd [DIR]
changes local directory
  dave> lcd /tmp
lls [DIR]
lists local directory contents
  dave> lcd /tmp
  dave> lls
  dave> lls /home
This command simply execs the local ls command and is equivalent to "!ls"
dir [URL]
ls [URL]
lists remote directory contents or file props
  dave> ls
  Listing of
                  ./          Aug 29 02:26  <dir>
     mtx_0.04.tar.gz   52640  Aug 11 11:45
          index.html    4580  Aug 11 11:45
      index0.04.html    4936  Nov 11  2000
              mydir/          Aug 19 21:14  <dir>,<locked>
  dave> ls index.html
  Content-type: text/html
  Creation date: Sun Aug 12 21:58:02 2001
  Last modified:
  Size: 4580 bytes
  Locks supported: write/exclusive write/shared
Use propfind to get a similar printout of a collection (directory).
Aliases: dir
locks a resource
Without a URL you will lock the current remote collection.
TIMEOUT can be any of the following formats:
30s 30 seconds from now
10m ten minutes from now
1h one hour from now
1d tomorrow
3M in three months
10y in ten years time
2000-02-31 00:40:33
Default is an infinite timeout
See perldoc "HTTP::DAV::Resource" for more information about timeouts.
DEPTH can be either "0" or "infinity" (default)
Seeting the lock Scope and Type is not currently implemented. Let me know if you need it as it shouldn't be too much effort.
mkdir URL
mkcol URL
make a remote collection (directory)
  dave> open
  dave> mkcol new_dir
  dave> mkdir /dav_dir/new_dir
Aliases: mkdir
moves a remote resource to another
  dave> open
Move dir1/ to dav2/
  dave> move dir1 dav2
Move file dir2/file.txt to ../file.txt
  dave> cd dir2
  dave> move file.txt ..
Move file.txt to dav2/new_file.txt
  dave> move file.txt dav2/new_file.txt
Aliases: mv
open URL
connects to the WebDAV-enabled server at URL
   dave> open
Note that if authorization details are required you will be prompted for them.
https and Digest authorization are not currently supported. Please let me know if you need it.
options [URL]
show the HTTP methods allowed for a URL
   dave> options index.html
Note that Microsoft's IIS does not support LOCK on collections (directories). Nor does it support PROPPATCH.
propfind [URL]
show the properties of a resource
  dave> propfind test
  Content-type: httpd/unix-directory
  Creation date: Wed Aug 29 00:36:42 2001
  Last modified:
  Size:  bytes
  Locks supported: write/exclusive write/shared
Using ls will get you the same printout if you ls a file. But ls'ing a collection will show you the collections contents.
put FILE [URL]
uploads a local file or directory to URL or the currently opened location.
If URL is an existing collection then the dir/file will be copied INTO that collection.
  dave> open
Recursively put local my_dir/ to
  dave> put my_dir/
Put local index.html to
  dave> put /tmp/index.html index1.html
Put * to remote directory
  dave> put *
Put index[12].htm? to remote directory /dav_dir (/dav_dir must exist)
  dave> put index[12].htm? /dav_dir
Put index[1234].htm? to remote directory /dav_dir (/dav_dir must exist)
  dave> put index[1-4].htm? /dav_dir
Glob types supported are, * (matches any characters), ? (matches any one character), [...] (matches any characters in the set ...).
prints the currently opened URL (working directory)
 dave> open
 dave> cd new_dir/
 dave> pwd
exits dave
Note that dave does not unlock any locks created during your session.
Aliases: q, quit
sets a custom property on a resource
   dave> set file.txt author "Patrick Collins"
   dave> set file.txt author "Patrick Collins" "mynamespace"
The NAMESPACE by default is "DAV:".
executes a local command (alias !)
   dave> sh cat localfile
   dave> !gzip localfile.gz
   dave> ! "cat localfile | less"
Aliases: !
show my locks on a resource
Shows any locked resources that you've locked in this session.
See "propfind" if you'd like to see anyone's locks held against a particular resource.
steal [URL]
remove ANY locks on a resource
Useful if you accidentally forgot to unlock a resource from a previous session or if you think that somebody has forgotten to unlock a resource.
unlock [URL]
unlocks a resource
Note that unlock will only unlock locks that you have created. Use steal if you want to forcefully unlock somebody else's lock.
unsets a property from a resource
   dave> unset file.txt author
   dave> unset file.txt author "mynamespace"
The NAMESPACE by default is "DAV:".


The perldav mailing list There is a mailing list for PerlDAV and dave for use by Developers and Users. Please see


dave is installed to /usr/local/bin by default when you install the PerlDAV library. See for installation details of PerlDAV.


dave is pure perl so only needs Perl5.003 (or later) and the "PerlDAV" library to be installed.
I have not ported dave to Windows but would like somebody to have a shot at it.


The "PerlDAV" perl API at or by typing "perldoc HTTP::DAV" on your command line. This module is Copyright (C) 2001 by
    Patrick Collins
    G03 Gloucester Place, Kensington
    Sydney, Australia
    Phone: +61 2 9663 4916
All rights reserved.
You may distribute this module under the terms of either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License, as specified in the Perl README file.


Cosimo Streppone, <>
2017-01-16 perl v5.24.1